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I wanted to be able to play on my Roland Atelier AT 80 S organ and have the keystrokes recorded a computer such as MuseScore. This is the cable that would let me to send my keystrokes from the MIDI port of the organ to the USB port of my Windows 10 computer with the MuseScore running. That is MuseScore would automatically transcribing whatever I play on the organ. I was shocked at how simple the Roland MIDI cable was installed. The cable completely plug-and-play with no driver disk needed Windows 10 easy automatically search the correct driver by itself. I started the already installed MuseScore. After a few setting changes in MuseScore, my keystrokes were appearing in on the computer screen. This is the set up that makes composing melody very easily. Best of all MuseScore is a freeware. This cable makes it all possible.
I've been having a huge problem with "stuck notes", missing notes, and even junk notes (notes I didn't even play). I've been using the MIDI adapter on my audio interface -- a Focusrite Scarlett 2i4, so I assumed it was a amazing MIDI adapter. Keyboard controller is an old but perfect Kurzweil MIDIBoard, and computer is a quick MSI laptop. I've had this issue with my DAW (Reaper) and also directly within instrument software, so I knew it wasn't Reaper. The computer is not overloaded in any way, and I didn't have another controller handy to try. I suspected possibly that pushing audio through the Focusrite at the same time trying to use MIDI might cause some data issues. So the easiest/cheapest thing was to test another MIDI blem solved. I looked at several others in Amazon that were slightly cheaper, and ended up choosing this one as some of the others had reviews that pointed to some issues. Since I started using this adapter instead of the one in my audio interface I have not had one stuck note, missed note, or wrong note (except those that I played myself).The only aspect of this adapter that I didn't care for was the fact that the MIDI cables are hard wired to the adapter. Between the USB cable (which is also permanently attached) and the attached MIDI cables, the unit was plenty long enough for me. But if you need an additional long reach, you'll need to obtain MIDI gender changers and then you can extend with a regular MIDI cable. Also since everything is attached, if one cable goes poor (MIDI in, out or USB) then you've got to replace the whole unit. Also, the actual adapter part of the unit is just a small in-line box, so you probably won't be placing it on your desk to look at the status lights. I would say this device was designed for the consumer who doesn't have any MIDI cables of any sort, and just wants a one-stop plug & play unit, which is exactly what this unit is.I'd give it 4.5 stars if I could for the minor hardware issues, but since I have to choose 4 or 5, I'll go with 5 because it seems to fit the needs of the intended audience.If I required another MIDI adapter, I would this one again instead of trying to save a few dollars on the no-name brands.
I bought this so I could back up a couple of hundred custom guitar effects that I made on the Roland Boss GT-8 guitar effects pedal and it worked out of the box. I loaded the supplied cd, ran setup, loaded the for the Boss GT-8 and it ran on the first try. I haven’t plugged a MIDI device (like a piano) into it yet but I expect that to work as well. I should mention that the Boss GT-8 is no longer supported so think twice before buying any Boss pedals. I bought mine used and and got the GT-8 from a 3rd party website I found on YouTube.
I have an old Korg X3 keyboard/workstation (circa mid 90's) that I wanted to use as a MIDI controller in the Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) LMMS and more recently FL Studio12.I've found a lot of MIDI/USB cables at half or even a third of the as this set. The reviews on those stuff were a bit sketchy, so I went with a name brand I'm familiar with.I remember Roland from back in the early 80's and when I think Synthesis and MIDI, I think of Roland. These cables didn't disappoint. I installed the drivers from the included CD and my old Korg worked! There was some latency(delay) problems between hitting a note on my Korg and LMMS/FL Studio playing it. This was down to me using the Realtek(RealKrap) onboard sound, NOT the cables (my old X-Fi Fatal1ty sound card had died). I have since installed a Soundblaster AE-5 soundcard and the cables work flawlessly.If you are using a DAW, I would imagine you are already using a dedicated sound card. So there shouldn't any issues.But, I would recommend a dedicated sound card if you don't have one. There are a lot of sound cards out there going for around $50 and up.If you are relying on on-board sound, don't blame the l in all, you obtain what you for, Five stars for Roland!Along with the MIDI cables you get:A 27 page install manual in English. (This is not some 12 language manual with a few pages for each)CD Rom with driversThe cables are about 78-79 inches longThe item is created in China, but what isn't nowadays. I'm sure Roland's manufacturing specs are much higher than the generic counterparts.I hope you search this review helpful. :)
Amazing product. First I bought a Chinese usb midi adapter to connect my BOSS GT 8 Pedalboard to the computer, I tried every trick or available ( GT-pro editor, GT8 Floorboard, Geeboss) ) And even tried various Operating Systems. I thought my Pedalboard was damaged! Then I decided to invest more than 8 bucks on a amazing usb- midi cable from a well known brand..and it was flawless.. my Pedalboard works. The operating system is not on blame and I'm happy. Sometimes spending on hardware is costly.!
Works with Strymon BigSky pedal and Strymon Library on Windows 10, 32/64 bit.. Plug Roland Midi "In"plug to Bigsky midi out socket, and Roland "out' plug to BigSky midi in 10 showed an exception in the Device Manager for the UM-One though it did not present that device name. Right and on modernize drivers > allow windows search a driver online. And viola, it shows clean in Windows Device Manager as two UM-One devices, one Midi in and one Midi out I imagine.Quick delivery works perfectly, 5 stars.
Yes, it works! Now, why would this be so exciting, you are wondering? Well, if you tried some of these no-name budget cable adapters (like me), and you had the same issues I had seen with those, then you know that it takes 3x the going from the adapter failure to the Roland's rock solid performance. This adapter is recognized in Linux, you obtain reliable note transfer, no hanging notes, quick arpeggios, with MTC transmitted on the same line. Recommended!
What makes this unit so worth the is all of the other plug ins that come with it. I admit, it is a large learning curve trying to access all of the features from the unit itself. I already have a MIDI keyboard and am able to use it to play all of the sounds in Pro Tools 12 instead of using the unit itself. Lots of very useful effects and features for such a low price.
Boyfriend bought this to create beats for private melody projects. Initial set-up was kind of a pain due to a private computer that wasn't current on it's updates. Also, downloading the set-up was a small confusing for someone that isn't the most knowledgeable about technology in general. Once it's up and running, it's really easy to use. You can have a amazing beat going in around 10 minutes. There are also dozens of synths and sounds for you to play with... at an unbeatable price. I would recommend this product to any bedroom producers that like to create their own beats.
This will change your production flow entirely!At first it might seem a small daunting, but the workflow overall is incredibly intuitive. You'll go from making a solid beat in an hour to making a solid beat in five me! Maschine will change your life.
There are so a lot of amazing things I can say about this device I don't know where to start. Anybody who has been debating on buying this what are you waiting for, DO IT DO IT NOW. Create sure you have for the sound expansion pack. Register at the Native Instruments www service also, they always have specials. I was able to obtain 9 of the sound package for $99 total, when they usually cost $49 a piece. They give you a $25 e-voucher to use. The sounds are amazing, the ease of use is amazing. Create sure you have a DAW to use. I use Audacity just to fade the begin and ends of my songs, other than that everything else is done on Maschine 2.0. I've been using hardware for years and I bought this and never looked back. Buy it you won't regret it at all.UPDATE: I did make batter to the Maschine Studio only because I found a I just couldn't pass up. The above statements still apply.
This thing is amazing.. Create sure you download, activate, and register in the right order! I had to redownload a few things because I did not know the right procedure. If anything, I do want the downloading process had clearer instructions. But after a few hours of downloading, and a few days of watching guides on youtube, this thing goes above and beyond! The most intuitive. The and interface work together seamlessly. And the Native Instruments sounds are the best quality and variety. I've used it to loop beats and chords to write with, I've used it for live finger drumming, and I've used it in live applications as well. I play guitar and I have this next to me programmed with bass drops and pads. Super convenient! I've attached a video of my favorite kit. It sounds so big! Obtain this if you wish the best beat maker out there.
I bought the Novation Launchkey 61 MIDI controller to replace an old M-Audio AxiomPro that was really starting to present its age and cause issues. It was time to upgrade. I went with the Novation Launchkey 61 based on a few things: a few reviews I'd read (here on Amazon and elsewhere), primary functionality (I don't need much in a keyboard controller, just the essentials), the (some MIDI keyboard controllers are priced unreasonably high, especially those with 61 keys), and seamless integration with my DAW. My immediate impressions when I unboxed it were that of disappointment - I immediately regretted my purchase. While it's very lightweight, which is nice, that's not all that necessary to me as it's just sitting in a studio and I don't intend to travel with it. "Cheap" is the most appropriate word to describe it - it just feels like plastic, and it is, but more notably the keys the pots and sliders -- all very and flimsy - not what I expected from what I read and for the price. I really can't stand the keys. It's not fun to play, the feel is that of a very low end child's toy. In terms of functionality, it works and it works fine so no complaints there -- it does what it's supposed to do but I just don't have fun using it. In fact, I dislike it so much that I'm instead using one of my synths as a keyboard controller, just to avoid having to use the Novation. I think I may return it (if I'm able to at this point). I already miss my M-Audio AxiomPro because, despite its age and the problems it was having, I at least enjoyed using, it was fun to play and the keys are superior So, in short, I do not recommend this keyboard controller and search it's not amazing value for the money.
Sync'd right up with my Presonus Studio One 3 Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). Plugged it into the USB port, went into the Presonus setup and changed the 'MIDI in' and 'MIDI out.' to 'Launchkey' No external or drivers required, and best of all, no extra 'wall wart' power supply as it runs off of USB power. The keys feel like most any other keyboard controller in this range. I do prefer weighted keys, but I wasn't willing to spend over $200 for yet another keyboard to add to my growing collection. For this price, you won't search a better deal.
If you use ableton, obtain this keyboard. Obtain the 61 ver too, it is smaller than you think and it is very light so portability is not a problem. Keys feel good, they aren't weighted but they certainly are not $30 keyboard keys. It is powered via USB so I don't know why there is the option to a separate power source but it is unnecessary. The sliders are amazing, they have amazing weight to them, you can see their value 0-127 on the light up screen (along with the knows and mod wheel). The automapping is very nice too, although i have had one slight issue with it. When you use the keyboard to switch which MIDI track you are on it arms that track but doesn't disarm the track you left. But other than that I have 0 complaints
I’ve only used my LaunchKey perhaps 15 times over the past month or so, but I have been impressed so far. I started by slamming all the keys harder than anyone would ever recommend slamming keys on the keyboard, because I didn’t wish to risk finding out that it could break easily later. It’s survived my pounding on every single key, I also mashed all the buttons and wiggled all the knobs quickly for 10 minutes, also without any problem.I’m using it for Ableton Live 10 Suite. I had no issues getting it working within one minute. I believe I had to change one input setting or something, but it was so simple.I really have enjoyed using this to support me come up with chords and melodies, compared to trying to them into Ableton via my trackpad or use my MacBook keyboard and constantly shift octaves, etc.
I own the mini MK2 and this is definitely quite the make batter with dozens of fresh features that create it amazing for producing, such as arpegio and the ability to change beat, rhythm, and pattern. They also have added pitch and modulation wheels and dedicated buttons for playing and recording. They also improved the sensitivity of the keys and the drum pads, so you no longer have to slam on it as hard as on the ever, I use my Launchkeys for live looping and the method they changed some features makes it less than ideal for commonly used features while live looping. There are no longer dedicated buttons for features that the MK2 has. For example, in to switch to "In Control" mode, you have to keep down the fresh "Shift" button while simultaneously pressing another button. Another example is the track buttons for switching through tracks left and right. In to do this, you have to keep down the "Shift" button as well, but what makes matters worse is that the track buttons are on the other side of the keyboard from the "Shift" button. I like to do live loops during my performances, so I switch tracks quite often, but this is no longer feasible with the MK3 since I have to use both hands to switch tracks, which leaves me with no hands to continue playing on the keys. I can see this becoming a common complaint for the MK3, so hopefully they release a firmware modernize that enables some sort of "Caps Lock" mode that keeps the "Shift" button enabled without having to keep it down.
I bought this wanting a larger keyboard over my Korg Microkey, plus the expanded controls for use with Ableton. It's nice having 61 keys, but from the begin I was sorely disappointed by the keys. They feel extremely cheap, they rattle and create excessive noise, and the velocity curve is very inconsistent. It's hard to play softly and I'm worried I'm going to break the keys when I play harder. Even my little Microkey has a better response and build e drum pads are also terrible. They're so stiff that I practically have to bash my hands on them to obtain a consistent response. It's impossible to create beats with any sort of finesse, and I routinely miss beats because the pads failed to trigger.On the amazing side, the knobs and sliders are all decent quality, and I was able to control primary functions in Ableton quite easily. Interfacing with NI plugins is a bit harder to do - I'm sure there's a method to set it up, but I haven't tried yet. If you need a combined Ableton controller and keyboard, this will do the job, but it's not a amazing solution.Overall, I just don't understand why people rate this so highly. Maybe mine is a poor example, or maybe this is the only keyboard other reviewers have owned. I highly suggest you test one of these in person before buying, and if you wish a amazing key response, avoid this altogether.
I ordered this as a next-to-my-desk accessory to choose synth patches, compose easy melodies, program drum beats, and use the RGB pads to liven up video work. Also, this was a form of research to see if I should also the Novation Launchpad Pro to complement my Launchkey 25. I bought the Launchkey with the expectation that I would love it and it would fit my needs perfectly. I'm okay with a product if it delivers, and I purchased the Launchkey to replace a 10 year old synthesizer I was only using as a MIDI controller. The synth, with a full internal sound engine and microphone for its vocoder, @#$%!450 new, not high end at all, and quite outdated in 2017.- Opinion: 25 keys are too few for music writing. 37 keys a lot more room for music writing in any key without having to jump around octaves continuously.- Opinion: the 3/4th inch pads are too little to play comfortably. The full 1 inch pads of my Maschine Mikro are significantly easier to play.- Opinion: Novation help had long keep times, and the help agent that helped me was both rude and condescending to me as I was polite to him while trying to solve my issues. (See modernize below.)- Fact: the build quality is quite poor. The frame feels light and plasticky (compared to my other plastic keyboards). Some of the keys sit lower than other keys, some of the keys require more or less force than others to press, some of the keys create a scraping sound when pressed, and some of the keys making a clicking sound when pressed. (See modernize below.)- Fact: the MIDI pads are quite physically unresponsive. With all 16 of the pads, I have to tap with significant force to trigger sound consistently. If I tap with moderate force, about half of my taps aren't registered at all, and the ones that are registered come across as moderate volume, not volume. Technically speaking, the pads are velocity sensitive, but instead of a full range of "very soft" to "very loud" (as I have with my Maschine Mikro), it's only possible to play them from "moderate" to "loud" if you're comfortable with note dropouts, or from "loud" to "loud" (virtually no dynamic range) if you aren't comfortable with notes that fail to register. There are four settings for velocity sensitivity: "low", "high", "fixed", and "off". I tried all of them, and none of them allowed for softer velocity values to be played or for increased note-detection consistency. (See modernize below.)- Fact: phone help insisted that updating the device firmware and USB driver would resolve my velocity issues. After updating both in the the help agent directed, the pad velocity problems remained, and the keys lost all velocity sensitivity! A non-velocity-sensitive keyboard is virtually useless as an instrument, making all virtual instruments sound flat like toys, and these Novation updates broke core functionality for the keyboard. Yikes! (See modernize below.)- Fact: the pads are only RGB when using Ableton Live. This was a huge surprise to me. In any other DAW, the pads will have no backlight while not being pressed, and will flash red when being pressed. There are no settings or physical controls that can change this. If you're expecting full RGB-glory and you use any DAW other than Ableton Live, you'll be disappointed that the keyboard looks like it's turned off compared to all the pictures of the Launchkey you've seen online and in product ditional info:Ableton Live is an effective DAW for many, particularly in the electronic realm and especially for live performers of electronic music, but the workflow is uniquely complicated relative to other DAWs, the interface discourages third-party alternatives to not good sounding first-party plugins, and it lacks a lot of professional features, particularly around recording and mixing audio. Ableton should not be a requirement for full functionality out of a MIDI controller. And if it is, it should be clearly stated in the description on all platforms.I $130 for the keyboard, which is admittedly beautiful cheap. It comes with Ableton Live Lite, $100 value and useful if you don't have a DAW. Also, it comes with a license for one Addictive Keys package by XLN Audio, of $90 value. Addictive Keys is fantastic, and the best of the eight virtual pianos I own. This is a superb inclusion and definitely worth redeeming if you a Novation vation Help guided me through the updates that broke the velocity sensing of the keys. (See modernize below.) In the help rep's opinion, my unit is not defective, but representative of the product. He indicated that Novation's partnership with Ableton turns RGB help for other DAWs into a competitive disadvantage and said it wouldn't be pursued for at least 2-3 years, if at all. He also said that the MIDI pad sensors in this are same as those in the Launchpad Pro, so I won't be purchasing that product, unfortunately. He was sure that my velocity problems on the pads were similar to which instrument I loaded, in that not all drum kits occupy every pad, though I explained myself clearly and demonstrated the velocity problem using a piano with all pads linked to piano notes, and in comparison to my Maschine Mikro's consistent, dynamic registering of varying velocity. And he said multiple times that it's my choice to not have RGB help for my Launchkey since I'm not willing to migrate from the full ver of my professional DAW to the junior ver of Ableton Live that's included.I submitted to the Novation suggestion box that the pads should help RGB regardless of which DAW a person uses, and that Novation develop a "Launchkey Pro" line of products with higher build quality, responsive velocity, and consistent note recognition, even if this hypothetical "Launchkey Pro" costs twice the of the Launchkey. Because, if we're being realistic, that's the product I'm looking for, and I would be willing to twice the right now if Novation created such a product (and the quality was up to snuff). I love the Launchkey in theory: it's just that it falls flat on nically, the keyboard functions as a MIDI controller, and the pads are functional too. The RGB problem isn't an problem for Ableton users. But the reality, for people using any DAW other than Ableton, is that all marketed photos of the Launchkey displaying RGB colors are a lie - if you're not in Ableton, your keyboard will have two rows of non-lit pads that flash only red when pressed, and there's nothing you can do about it.I recommend this product only if you literally can't afford any other option, and I strongly recommend not updating the firmware and USB driver after purchasing. I returned my Launchkey and will look for a higher quality alternative from another brand.- - - - -Update (December 2017): Novation help has been in contact with me, and all of the help agents I've corresponded with were far more polite than the phone help I described above. It looks like the build quality of my particular unit was unusually poor, and that the firmware breaking velocity sensing of the keys is something Novation would definitely have corrected or ey said that Studio One (and other DAWs) do have the capability of lighting up the midi pads, but that it takes significant back-end work to set up - enough that they don't believe it's worth the effort. But the product development squad is working on adding built-in help for other DAWs. That's certainly amazing to hear for the ey also informed me that there are two reasons the Launchpad Pro should have better response than the Launchkey: first, the Launchpad Pro does indeed have higher quality pressure sensing pads, and second, if I'm understanding correctly, the velocity sensing options in the Launchkey affected the keys and not the pads (indicating my phone help was uninformed), and that the velocity sensing options on the Launchpad Pro will give it a wider palette of potential touch input. I'm not convinced it will be as amazing as a Native Instruments controller for finger drumming, but in all fairness, all of those are significantly more expensive.I won't be re-purchasing this product - I've since had my old synth-as-midi-controller repaired and no longer need a Launchkey. But I would consider testing out a Launchpad Pro when I'm ready for that purchase, especially if they broaden DAW help without additional work needed for RGB the future, I'll something like the Launchpad Pro for my studio, and something like the Launchkey Mini for composition while traveling. If Novation's improves, and especially if there's a fresh generation out, I'll consider Novation in my search.And I would be satisfied if Novation launched a premium line of controllers with premium touchpads and feel (at a premium price). Hopefully this is something we'll see in a couple of years.
I have been a musician for more than 15 years, playing the mandolin in acoustic jam sessions, bands and home recordings. I have also produced amateur recordings for about ten years, using several various hardware based digital multi-track recorders. In the latest year I switched to computer based recording, when I discovered the affordability and astonishing breadth of capability offered by systems. My choice of is Logic Pro X and Mainstage 3. As I became familiar with the OSX melody production software, I realized the importance of a midi controller to create use of the numerous instruments and other digital melody production techniques. I have nearly no keyboard skill, so this meant learning, not only a fresh musicianship skill, but also learning the technical nuts and bolts of digital melody production methods. After several months of familiarizing myself with the capabilities of Logic and Mainstage I felt like I was ready to create a reasonably informed decision about what might be my best first midi hardware gear purchase. In this review I list the features I felt I would need to best enable my progress toward some minimal level of competence and how well I believe this controller met my rst, I required a keyboard that would not be a hindrance to learning to play a keyboard. I reasoned that I need full-sized keys, with velocity sensitivity, aftertouch, an adequate number octaves, a pitch bend wheel and a modulation wheel. Admitting that I do not have any experience versus which to evaluate how this controller measures up versus these criteria, I am very happy with how this keyboard met my expectations. although not weighted, the key bed feels substantial and operates smoothly. Although far short of a full-sized 88-key behemoth, the Launchkey 49 seems completely adequate. The pitch and mod wheels are sturdy and have some flexibility in mapping screen controls, in Mainstage and assigning them to physical midi controls, I predicted that I would need a reasonable number of knobs and sliders. While Launchkey controllers are specifically designed to map to the Abelton Live interface, I have found this controller to be sufficiently flexible for a dozens of Mainstage patch configurations with enough physical controls to manage a number of instrument parameters, effects sends, patch changes etc.I anticipated that I would wish several drum pads. I imagined using them, not so much for finger drumming, but for launching backing tracks, loops, drum sequences and one-shot clips. Short of buying a separate pad controller, Launchkey 49 offered enough pads to discover all these possibilities. The 16 drum pads are solid and responsive. They work beautifully for the functions I wanted them to serve in Mainstage. The pads have RGB back lighting, which have impressive plug and play functionality in Abelton, but I have not yet figured out if there is any method to use their RGB lights in Mainstage. At the very least, it would be helpful to be able to use the back lights to provide visual feedback on the pad or pads that are controlling an active clip or sequence.I have used the controller a small to control the Abelton Lite software, bundled with the Launchkey 49. In this environment this is an amazing summary, it seems that, as a beginning controller for a novice keyboardist and digital musician/producer, The Launchkey 49 provides a completely adequate keyboard and control surface for a very reasonable price. At this point I can say that I am very satisfied with this controller and anticipate that as I look to add gear to my rig I will likely not replace this controller, but hold it as part of an expanding rig.
I previously had an akai mpk mini, upgraded to alesis v25, and now upgraded to this. The more I play and the better I get, the more frustrating I found the former two products. The mini ended up being too small, and the alesis is quite huge and the keys have to be FULLY released before being pressed again, making movements quite obnoxious. I would sound like I'm pounding the keys with a hammer, and the keys press in beautiful deep so that doesn't help.I went to guitar center and tried everything from m-audio to akai. M-audio, akai, alesis and everything else under $200 felt extremely and if it wasn't then it was...well, expensive with fully weighted keys and a bunch of things I personally don't use.Enter the Novation product line. As soon as I tried the launchkey, it felt semi-weighted which is good, and the keys were reminiscent of a mechanical keyboard; when pressed fully, there is a switch feeling at the bottom, providing amazing feedback. I knew that must be a amazing thing and worth trying out. Other products usually go at the $100 tag so for only 50 more bucks it is well worth it. Extremely easier to play, velocity sensitivity is spot-on, keys not too deep, amazing feedback, small alarm clock style display to present you volume/octave level...you can't beat this.I guarantee you will be happy with the launchkey.
This is a nice small MIDI keyboard. I use this alongside an Ableton Push, as I really like the piano feel sometimes. I couldn't really obtain into the "In Control" pads on this keyboard, but for those without another device like Push, this will do what you need it to do. I like that this fits nicely on my desk. If you're looking for something as your main instrument, though, I'd encourage you to look at the 49-key version. Maybe even the 61-key.I already had Ableton Live before buying this keyboard, and it's an perfect software. If you don't already have a DAW, or if you wish to test something new, it's not too difficult to obtain into. Definitely adds some value to this package. I used the Intro ver for about two years, and still have a lot to learn. I did eventually make batter to the Suite ver for the extra sound packs,, but you can still obtain a LOT of mileage out of the Intro ver that this ships at said, I would also recommend checking to see if/when Novation will start packaging their keyboards with Live 10 Intro; this one shipped with Live 9 and it may be worth waiting for a month or two if something is on the horizon.
as a producer for a lot of years i have always simply been a skate and used my piano midi controller for the input of ALL of my sounds..... lets just say that after only a single day of owning this wonder it is clear to me now that i have only been cheating myself and my own beats by not owning a finger drum MPD.... the ability to convey percussive ideas into the DAW is unmatched IMP ... its a android game changer for me and for a that is more than affordable for what you are getting..... VALUE OVER COST ALL DAY!!!! you NEED THIS so stop stalling and obtain it!!!!
I've traditionally played workstation-style and arranger keyboards - all self-contained. Then I got into iOS melody apps, but the lack of actual keys was a bit r me, the LPK25 solves the problem. The wireless feature helps me play it anywhere within reasonable range of the iPad Pro, and it easily connects via GarageBand bluetooth pairing. While the limited number of keys makes it challenging to replicate full piano/keyboard-driven pieces, its versatility helps me greatly in writing riffs and songs, particularly with the built-in arpeggiator. Sound is amazing right out of the iPad; I had some latency problems with wireless headphones, but plug-in phones work e BIG plus, beyond wireless connectivity and so a lot of iOS apps that are supported, is portability - I can package this in my mini-pack and take it wherever I go with my iPad. At that level, it's a game-changer. Hats off to Akai for this unbelievable device.
I'm not the first to say this here, but the USB seating is terribly constructed. If you are not very careful the USB input on the keyboard will become unattached from the circuit board and you will obtain spotty connections (or none) to the computer you are attaching to. As mentioned here, you can definitely solder it back on, but it is difficult to do. I soldered mine back on, which fixed it for a small while. Then it went spotty again so I opened it up to solder back but then the ribbon cable came unattached and now the ribbon doesn't sit firmly well and I again have a spotty connection. It is really too poor because the arpeggiator is a really nice feature and I enjoyed using the piano while I could. Now all I have is a piano-shaped paper weight until I can figure out how to fix it again. If you are buying this, amazing luck.
I kept running into the triggering issues that seem to plague this product. Often a pad would trigger twice when tapped and, to a lesser extent, pads that weren't tapped would trigger when another pad was tapped, even though I was using the device on a solid desktop that's 1 1/2" thick. For me, this created the product useless as a virtual drum controller as I was spending a lot of time editing out unwanted triggers.But the true issue came when trying to contact Akai to search out if there was a fix available, or at least one in the works. After receiving no response from the company when contacting them through their website, I gave them a call. The help person seemed to be place out by having to speak to an actual customer and informed me that the company knew about the issue and had no intention of fixing it. He couldn't even be bothered to suggest any possible solutions. His attitude was that this is the method it is and I need to with ese two issues seem to be quite common with numerous complaints about them in their own forums and elsewhere on the web. I obtain that products sometimes have problems and I'm willing to work with a manufacturer to address them. But to not even create the slightest effort to work with a customer to fix a known issue in your product is just unconscionable. It's a shame, really. If this product had worked properly, it would deserve a five star review. Instead, I'm sending it back.
I had previously been using a MPD218 which also has a double triggering issue, but the MPD226 I received has the same problem but much, much worse. When you hit a pad it registers as a double tap, or falsely triggers another pad that wasn't hit. In addition, some of the pads trigger with the lightest tap and others you need to hit much harder resulting unequal velocities (extremely unequal) rendering this unit beautiful much unusable. Adjusting the threshold, gain, and curve settings do nothing to alleviate the issue. Sad because it could be a amazing unit with some minor software/hardware fixing that, according to those who have contacted akai, the company isn't interested in making. Junk!
I expected something atleast equivalent to analog lab lite, instead you obtain a program that lets you choose the snare and bass pedal, and a drum kit, its not very versatile, and you have to set up the pads yourself info on this is hard to search and you'll probably have to wait a day or 2 before tech help replies other than that it works beautiful good, the isnt very amazing for beginners, you really have to like your sound to be able to write something, what your writing can sound like crap if you cant obtain the sound mixed properly, also this can't be opened by itself, has to be opened in ableton or mpc essentials (they gave us two DAWs cinematic drums and this virtual drum kit that you can only select which snare and bass pedals without being able to modify the rest of the kit, you can pick "grunge kit" or (insert genre name) kit but you cant change whats in the kit, I would've been method happier if they just gave ableton and ONE amazing drum instead of wasting some of the budget on MPC essentials and cinematic drums, is this a amazing controller? yes its extremely good, will you need more software? Yes you will, which is why I rated it so low.
I required a little and affordable keyboard to use for melody note input in Finale. Went with this one and I love it! It looks like an actual piano, and you can feel the keys depressing when you play them (unlike some other controllers, which look and feel more like buttons than keys). All I have to do to use it is plug it into my computer's USB port using the cord which they provide. No batteries required. There are buttons for "up an octave" and "lower an octave" which I use all the time to obtain notes right where I wish them. One funky thing which I noticed right away is that I have to have the controller plugged into my computer before I begin my Finale files in for it to actually input notes using speedy entry. Another minor annoyance is that you have to have the keys completely depressed for them to be notated in the - it is simple to slip for a moment and lose a note which you needed. Be aware, this is NOT a keyboard with its own bank of audio effects, so you will only hear sound out of it if it is plugged into your computer and you have melody running (and with Finale, you had to have used Playback once so that the audio bank is actually loaded up). If you're looking for a keyboard to play around with for fun, this is definitely not for you. But if you need something to create melody notation easier, this is definitely worth the money! Saved me hours of time.
truly - some of the comments on here blow my mind - and i am a total noob when it comes to this stuff. this is a really little midi controller -- that's it. no speakers, no sound, 25 little unweighted keys, transmits bluetooth with no noticable latency (which is really impressive), and it is created by Akai (which is a legit company that makes products you'll see in almost any melody video that has a dj in it)so, this thing is really amazing for what it does - i think it's a little bit expensive for that, tho, as it doesn't really have any competitors in its' class (you can a wired one from a various company for something like $35) - so, clearly, this is a niche kind of thing as any self-respecting true musician probably wouldn't use this for a live performance (altho i'd be impressed if they did!). thus, i believe this is for people like me -- i required something to use on the street -- on an airplane, on the train home, maybe in a moment while sitting on my couch, or when television is just plain boring me (who needs to hear the television sound when you're watching golf anyway!?!?). it packs up REALLY little and is method better than playing the onscreen keyboard on my sampletank or arturia imini which has absolutely no tactile feedback.ok - i'm almost done - this is my setup when using this keyboard -- ipad mini 3, akai lpk25 wireless (arturia imni via interapp audio to garageband for ios); that's it. the instructions present you how to link it (hint: you have to do it from inside garageband). it's plain old amazing and usually blows everyone's minds when they see it.
The keyboard does what it's supposed to do, but if you wish any decent velocity registration, you have to really pound the keys, as they are incredibly stiff, and feel more like a children's toy than something you can place any feeling in. I obtain that it's not a 'musical instrument' per se, but you should be able to play notes and obtain reasonably amazing MIDI velocity info without your fingers needing to soak in ice afterwards. I want I'd known how stiff the keys were before I purchased. The quest for a nicer feeling portable MIDI controller goes on.
Guys seriously, this is the absolute best controller you will search for under $100. Pads are high quality, massive duty, and the controller plugs and plays perfectly. If you search yourself "double-triggering", it means you're hitting the pads too hard. All you need to do is unscrew the back panel and loosen the screws connected to the pads. Every instrument requires some measure of tuning to your playing style, don't blame the manufacturer because it doesn't fit yours perfectly out of the box.
It arrived yesterday, and setting it up was extremely simple. Just plug it in, and it's on. No hassle or ridiculous, messy cords to with.I started playing around in Acoustica Mixcraft, just to obtain a feel for this pad. It got along with Acoustica quite nicely. I did some very primary beats in that program as well, which was a lot of tting up MPC Essentials was a bit of a pain for some reason. Not exactly sure why, because I rarely struggle with installing software. Ableton Live was much easier to setup, and is a blast to use with this pad. It's awesome how easily this pad gets along perfectly with two very various kinds of thing I will say is that there's a learning curve with how hard you have to hit the pads. This is my first pad, so it could just be me, but I've got beautiful powerful hands from a life of painting and sculpting, so it surprised me how hard I had to hit the pads. It does annoy me a small that I can hear a loud thunk noise each time I hit a pad, in addition to the beats I'm making. Throws me off a little, and it can be distracting. Maybe I'll obtain used to it over time. I wouldn't say this makes this MPC bad, it's just something I noticed.
This was exactly what I was looking for to trigger sound effects easily during live theater e form factor is little and simple to fit alongside other equipment. The pads of course feel typically amazing of Akai's MCP/MCD only complaints are that it the pads do occasionally double trigger. For my use this is generally not an problem but I was at one point using this as transport controls for and I had to stop for fear of it double triggering one of these so, It would be really amazing if there was a method to have the pads lit until you hit them (or just always lit). In a dark theater it's hard to see them and since they only light up when you trigger them it's simple to accidentally hit the wrong one. Maybe this is a possible configuration in the (I haven't looked at that yet). If not, maybe they'll add this to the firmware at some point.
First, I should say that I am a composer who works with Finale and Logic. I play tracks into but I also work with in scores laying down musical notation by e good: This keyboard is very well built. It is very light but it looks and feels quite solid. When I opened the box, I was very happy with the size. I hoped to be able to drop it into my laptop bag and I wasn't disappointed. It dropped right in and it was not at all bulky. The keys were mini-sized but would have been amazing e bad: The key action was unacceptable for my purposes. I've given some thought to how to describe it and this is what I got: When you press down on, it doesn't drop down like an unweighted synth keyboard. At the onset, you feel a spring's resistance that quickly increases as the key goes down and is fairly stiff about 3/4s of the method down. When you play a cord, the combined resistance across all your fingers is substantial. I found that the keyboard would bounce on my lap as a played preference is for a keyboard with light initial resistance followed by either the feeling of weight and velocity (weighted) or a uniform resistance drop (unweighted). I would consider this to be neither. Maybe I'd call it "spring action".I can't speak to the or other features. I wasn't able to obtain past the key action.I'm sending it back and putting the towards the Akai Professional MPK Mini. Let's see what
I've had this controller for maybe 3 years and overall it's great! I recommend it, but there's a couple things that are amazing to know before you mber one, and this is a huge for most people, the (cheaply surface mounted) mini usb port has broken 3 times, rendering the controller 100% useless. Thankfully a amazing mate builts analog studio equipment for a living and has always been willing to support solder it back. But if you don't have a mate like this... well this is probably the end of your controller. It's the typical production you see in controllers like this, but yeah, maybe amazing to know. My tip is a right angle usb plug!Another potentially necessary note, this controller has very poor velocity sensitivity reading. Don't this is you're trying to write expressive piano pieces on the go. It jumps from 6 to 127 wayyyyy too easily. This won't matter if you're using mono synths or organs or whatnot, but be aware that this tool isn't going to inspire much expressive or dynamic creativity.Other than that, 3 years later, I still use it! Super portable and simple to use, never had a issue with plug and play. Just know what you are buying!
Liked this thing. As a beginner producer, I didn't need anything flashy and I thought this would fit the bill. I could place up with the weird feel of the keys and problems with inconsistent touch sensitivity could be remedied by setting a specific velocity in my DAW. It was also a nice small plus it worked with Caustic on my phone.But then the problems with USB port started and since then, this thing's just been gathering r starters, I only used this thing maybe 9 or 10 times until I started having issues. After that, I started getting errors in Windows about how a USB device is malfunctioning. Then I started to message I couldn't obtain my cable to stay in properly. And finally, we're at a point where I can't obtain it to play it unless I oddly position the cable and VERY CAREFULLY press the keys.If it wasn't for this, I'd give this controller four stars. As it is, I just can't recommend this thing.
EDIT 7/14/2019:*There is 3/8" black cloth "pickup coil tape" on I use this for guitar work, so I had some on hand, but it just so happens it's the excellent width for this job. I also recommend the Double Stick tape, also available on Stewmac, and using this on the bottom of the black cloth tape. This ensures amazing adhesion to your rubber MPC pads. The black cloth tape seems to be more consistent than traditional electrical tape, and is easier to work with. Simply chop it into one inch strips and layer them together as needed, with double stick tape on the bottom.*I'm using 2 strips for most pads. Add more and see if you like the feel or not. Adjust accordingly.*I've found that setting these up is a balancing act. Every single screw makes a difference: installed/not installed, and how tightly installed, both on the circuit board itself and the red shell/cover that fits over the device. As for the tape: more tape can actually reduce the velocity range/sensitivity, which can be a amazing thing. Hyper-active pads that are triggering with too much velocity compared to the others may benefit from additional tape, not less. Balancing act.*Currently I'm using no screws on the circuit board at all. On the hard red plastic cover, I'm using only the 4 outside screws, and have them slightly backed off, about 1/4 turn. This seems to be enough to keep everything in place, and gives amazing sensitivity response with the least amount of accidental triggering.*I still obtain double triggering if I use the "Full Level" button, and I still obtain some accidental triggering of other pads, though they're usually at such a low velocity you can't hear it. My main issue was the Snare triggering the Closed Hi Hat pad(s), so when I'd do Snare and Begin Hi Hat together, often the Begin Hi Hat would be completely cancelled out by the Closed Hi Hat pad triggering. Setting up the pad as I've explained here fixed that. It may be that a lot of these pads are defective. But defective doesn't mean "not salvageable." It's a ton of work, and a major pain, yes -- but salvageable, and beyond that, transformable into a amazing pad controller. Now, back to my original review:I carefully disassembled the MPD218 and chop electrical tape to fit over the pads. This is a well-known trick online, and the easy idea is this: it reduces the force you need to strike the pads with in to trigger them, and especially to trigger them others have mentioned, the other setup option is to very slightly back off on the screws that keep the circuit board down. You can even leave only the 4 outer screws attached and remove the 4 inner screws. Or remove all the screws on the circuit board completely. I've had the best luck so far by removing all of them completely, and only using the 4 outer screws on the hard red plastic back cover.Tape method:Step 1: Remove the screws holding the cover on. You're gonna wish a magnetic holder or well-sealed plastic bag to hold the screws in as you remove them...trust me. Now take the cover ep 2: Now remove the smaller screws that are holding the circuit board in place. Then carefully lift the circuit board and put it out of harm's way. You'll see a thin plastic sheet underneath with squares on it. Remove the conductive plastic sheet once you obtain to it. Remember: it needs to go back on the right way, i.e. the conductive side facing the circuit board, or else it won't work when you plug it back in. Shiny side = insulated side. That goes down on top of the rubber pad. Create sure the conductive Matte finish side is facing up when you're all ep 3: Now you can easily remove the pads. It's literally just a floppy mass of rubber, all one piece, that you can just lift out. Take it out, and obtain some electrical tape and some scissors or an Xacto knife ep 4: Chop the tape, related to how I did it in the picture. On the MPD218, the LEDs are dead center. So if you cover them with tape, the LEDs will be obscured and your pads won't light can customize it however you want. I'm using two layers of tape. You may like more. You may like ep 5: Reassemble. And you're done! Amazing job. Now try your MPD218 for I'm enjoying my newly set up MPD218 much more than before. Very, very light touches also seemed to trigger nothing before, whereas now they trigger exactly what I want: very light, sounds.Just be careful with the screws and the circuit board when dismantling and reassembling this thing, and you'll be fine. It's a very simple fix. Just a bit time consuming when it comes to dialing it in perfectly.Overall I'm very satisfied with this unit. It looks good, was very simple to work on, and with a couple tweaks, it's performing extremely well. It needs to be set up properly just like any other instrument. Which is always a pain. But it's to be expected. The only major problem is the "Full Level" button, which I simply don't use. Akai really needs to address whatever is going on with that.
just got this, and want i'd done it sooner. it's amazing for drum parts (and basslines, and triggering samples). have only used the knobs a small so far (and only 1-at-a time). but amazing to have them. a no-frills device, but it's all i e pads feel great; they do like dust though, a minor nuisance. i wanted a sleeve for it, and found a website called mpcstuff with a case, and parts as having fun with the 218 (AND getting work done). so, a amazing investment (and better than banging out drums on the keyboard). 👍
I’ve been using this product for the past couple months and I’ve been loving it. I use it almost every single day for producing music, and it is a workhorse. I’ve used it for melody production, finger drumming, and even live performances at my church. The 360 dials work amazing and give me a more tactile experience when automating filter sweeps and other effects. There is one caveat. The pad sensitivity is an problem that several other people have had, and I’ve dealt with it as well. Often times, the pads will register one “hit” as two. So when using on full velocity mode, there may be flams as you play. This bodes several issues. In finger drumming, when triggering samples, a double stroke can mess up the flow of the performance and make issues. When recording MIDI input, a double stroke means I have to find through the session to search the additional hit before I can quantize. In addition to double strokes when playing, sometimes other pads will actuate when not pressed. I may hit pad 1, and pad 9 may trigger as well. It also causes issues with finger drumming, as triggering a sample in the middle of the drum pattern ruins the flow of the session. If this was remedied, it would be a flawless product. Despite whatever problems I’ve had, I must say that I am in total love with this product! It’s portable, fun, and an efficient tool to obtain drum ideas into my Logic session! So much fun! Just want the pad problems weren’t there...
Wow! This small keyboard is exactly what I was hoping for. I am a band teacher so I compose/arrange on the street a lot with sibelius, so this was a must have, and it's does it's job perfectly! I did a sturdy case for it thanks to review suggestions of the keyboard breaking. It is definitely not a rigid keyboard that could handle being roughed up so the case was a MUST, but my keyboard get's used often, travels permanently in my backpack, and has held up well now for 9 months. As other reviewers have suggested, it does not have weighted keys so it's action is nothing like a true keyboard, and the keys are a bit plastic feeling and on the little side for my fingers, but for me it is perfect. I only compose melodies though so I would not suggest it for chordal/harmonic playing, the keys are much too little to efficiently play simultaneous notes. Otherwise, very light-weight, very simple to take anywhere, zero latency problems with sibelius, very simple to use (just plug-n-play!), and really amazing quality for the value!
Akai Software freezes and Unreliable customer service is what to expect when you their product.. Also the fresh VIP ver 3.0 is now ilok and ties you down basically to the keyboard and will be hard for you to in the future. There keyboard in general is very amazing quality but if you expect to use their which is over 16 GB of then prepare for the worst experience in installation history. The will eventually throw you in loopholes telling you the files are corrupt when in fact they are not corrupt it has something to do with the method they have to be extracted.. After you do eventually obtain it to install the screen will freeze up or crash on the akai. I called customer service there's really nothing they could do for me except telling me to just return the hardware which I was in shock that they would even tell me something like that instead of trying to support me to search a solution to the issue.
This MIDI controller was just what I required for a amazing price. I am using it USB wired with a Mac for drums in Mainstage, as well as wirelessly with different melody apps on an iPad. Wireless works amazing with no discernible latency. Pads have just the right touch for my taste, and the unit is built solid with no wobble or creaking. The manual incorrectly states to pair using pad 8, when it’s actually Pad 4. Just be aware of that minor trip-up, and you’ll love this small controller.
This is a case of you obtain what you see. A fully functional 8 pad MIDI controller that has worked in every DAW I have thrown it into, and the included for mapping the MIDI buttons is simple to use as well.I also have fun the portability of this controller due to its size, so I would definitely recommend to anybody that needs something little to travel with -a amazing addition to any on-the-go production kit.
This is a amazing board. Gives you dozens of sounds that can be easily accessed with supplied software. Im a FL Studio user and its just what I need to find the thousands of sounds quickly to come up with several options that work across various VST plugins. Saves me lots of time searching endless Nexus banks and other vsts to search suitable sounds before the idea leaves. Its worth it for the time savings alone!!
I loved the keyboard feel and flexibility of the pads egration with logic x and kontakt instruments is not intuitive but the also website provides amazing guides
Really poor latency - maybe 25ms, does not auto connect so each time you wish to use it, you have to go into menues and sub menues and more just to so the pads aren’t even amazing at all. They aren’t very sensitive, you have to press fairly hard to obtain anything and they trigger very badly and not accurate to the pressure you actually ry disappointed in Akai because I’ve had amazing experiences with their products before this.
This review is just my first impression, but I'm giving it 3 stars because it's not acceptable that Akai keeps putting out these pads with crappy sensitivity. If you an Akai product with pads, assume you will have to take it apart and add tape over the pad sensors. I've done this with my Mini Mk2, and the LPD8 has the same problem. Pads don't trigger half of the time, and that is just not usable. Who thinks these are amazing enough to sell? I would like to meet them.Another silly thing is the lack of multiple banks for the pads. Compare this to the Akai Mini Mk2 pads, which have the same layout but with 2 switchable banks. On it, you have access to 16 pads and 16 commands. So this device only has half the pad function per program that the Mini has.Update: I did the tape mod, and it works well now. It was easier than the Mini Mk2 to open, but I still had to begin it 3 or 4 times to adjust the amount of tape under each pad. (3 layers in general, 2 where it created the pads stick on)
Used with Ableton 10 and worked flawlessly as MIDI trigger for scenes and controlling levels with knobs. However, after only using twice I had difficulty plugging the micro USB cord into the unit’s port. The male end of the port inside the unit was loose and bent out of alignment as shown in attached pic. Just transporting the device would cause the plug to shift around. While I could easily bend the hint back into alignment, I was concerned it might break off with continued use. If it weren’t for this issue I would give this device a 5-star rating, and ease of use were amazing but obviously there is a construction flaw. Other reviews have stated a related issue.
An wonderful tool to utilize in the studio, specifically with VIP. Once I got setup and started getting used to everything I fell in love! The keyboard itself doesn't deserve all the negative reviews it's been getting on Amazon. My library of sounds was becoming a bit overwhelming and this definitely solved that problem. Never before have I been able to browse through all my vsts so seamlessly in one place. Overall this keyboard is worth picking up for the features, the included sounds and VIP!
I thought that spending $500 on a MIDI controller would mean that I own it, and can it, but unfortunately that is not the s - The largest pro by far is that VIP will catalogue all your VST instruments, and allow you make lists of your favorite sounds. Somehow, nobody in this industry realized that people have tens of thousands of sounds, and no method to make sound sets across all the plugins. - My second favorite is the keyboard itself. It's feels well made, and those huge rotary knobs feel [email protected]#$%!& is also very compact which is necessary to me. The pitch bend and mod wheel are perfectly fine north of the keyboard. The LCD screen is nice - bigger and touch sensitive would be even NSs - My largest gripe by far is the forced installation of iLok on my computer, without telling, or asking. I happen to vote with my wallet, and I don’t anything that contains iLok, or any other active copy protection scheme. I like to things, and the recent stuff, but nobody will wish to a MIDI controller that is bound to me via iLok - I promise I’ll transfer the keys, please, it. Well, it really doesn’t feel like I own what I’ve purchased. What if iLok goes out of business? There are a lot of brilliant people at Akai, but there are also some dumb MBAs who are ruining this company. It’s beyond retarded really, and the reason I originally gave this 1 star. Just state clearly that you use iLok, and I will not even look at your product, ..certainly not review it, but now I have an iLok virus on my computer, and I have to return everything. You both, wasted my time and lost my business. - There are still a lot of bugs in the VIP ver 2. It’s just not thoroughly tested, and you’ll definitely not wish to take it to a live performance - so much for Akai “Professional" moniker. - When I first installed the on the Mac/El Capitan, the VIP would not start. Reinstalling, and skipping the v2 update, created it run. Installing the v2 modernize again, created it not run. While I understand that v2 modernize might be for ver 1 (it’s not stated anywhere), the installer should create sure that it’s doing the right thing, and not slay the software. Again, poor quality assurance. - Integration with Logic Pro X is silly. The transport buttons rely on MIDI Machine Control, and the mapping is set per project. Not a breaker, but Novation Automap is method better (and not without issues either). - VIP plugin created Logic Pro X crash on save. Now, this is scary. Imagine lots of work flushed down the toilet, because VIP. Nice job Akai “Professional". - While I’d said that the keyboard is nice, it’s also not without fault. There are buttons used for moving around a reasonably nice TFT screen. A rotary + push button is used to scroll and select things in a list, and it feels wrong to me. To me, the option to select a sound just by scrolling, or having a dedicated button to push and select would work better. Maybe just a private thing. - The VIP on the computer also doesn’t give you an option to just hit the arrow down key and play a fresh sound. Basically, there is no focus, no matter where you click, so keyboard control is nonexistent. A better approach would be to add focus to every list, when user clicks on any item in it, arrow/page up/down keys would select corresponding sounds. - The VIP has a find field, but substrings would not RDICTI really, really wish to love it, but I hate it. The iLok is a large issue for me, and I refuse to obtain stuck with this hardware/software combo. iLok tells me that Akai doesn’t believe that I can be trusted with a serial number, even though I’ve purchased a substantial piece of hardware from them. I understand that piracy might be an problem for Akai, but treating their paying customers as second class citizens is not a solution that works for me. Also, when iLok goes out of business, what will happen to all the that people “own”? How will we what we “own”?All that said, I don’t care if vendors use iLok. It’s their choice, and they should do what they think is right for their business. Just clearly state that, so that people like me don’t bother looking at your stuff, buying it, wasting time installing and then removing it, and returning it. It's costing us all time and money, and it makes no e software/hardware combination which crashes Logic Pro X on save, is a another no-go. I don’t have time for melody making as it is, and the latest thing in the globe I need is to lose work. Those sitting in the studio all day long might be more conclusion, I hope that somebody (Korg, Novation, Nektar?) will take this perfect idea of VST (+AU, +Logic Pro X?) instrument cataloguing and playback, and do it right. No stores to plugins, no iLok, no crashes. A huge touchscreen would be nice too.And please, when people something, they should OWN IT, and be able to it.Would you a vehicle from somebody if they were to email you unblock codes after the is finalized?
Very pleased, pads are responsive, lcd screen is nice and keys are same of not better than my MPK49. I know alot of people obtain this for the VIP software, however I only use like 5 plugins and was just wanting a keyboard. This will control ableton and other DAWs via MIDI so you dont need extra unless you wish it.I was wanting the MPK249, but the pads and knobs on this are bigger and it feels more everything is meant to control the keyboard. The MPK felt like a keyboard crossed with a APC40 mixer. Since I use the APC40 the additional knobs and fades was almost overkill, and overall I'm very happy with the Advance 49.I will say though, I had to search a separate tutorial to setup the play controls and when I would change the knobs at first there was ghosting on other parameters. I pulled the knobs from the casinging about a 10th of a millimeter and the issue was never seen again... maybe just required to break it in, or it was too tight and somehow slightly effecting the other knobs. Either way, it's a amazing deal!
This is my third attempt in finding a midi controller solution for my needs. If you read my previous review on the Nektar GX61 you will have an idea. If not, the story is much like Goldy Lox and the Three Bears.Porridge is to hot, too cold, bed is too whatever, just not the right e Akai LPD8 coupled with the NEKTAR GX 61 is excellent for ally Satisfied about this.Let me say that this Akai unit feels solid. Little is amazing here. The knobs feel nice, pads feel good. Fits perfectly with the Nektar controller I just purchase.I am choosing to play with this without the editor. I did the editor after playing with the unit within Cubase. It worked well as it learned the controls I wish to manipulate. After downloading the Akai Librarian softare and created changes in my device menu, the Akai unit and Nektar were not responding. I didn't wish to waste hours figuring out why, so I deleted the Libririan amazing for now as I wish to delve more in CC's ,program changes, assignments and e quality for the point is quite satisfactory. I am content with how both troops operate and I still have room on my desk while now back to a 61 key baby.I'm ticked ank you Akai, Nektar and azon, you are what we studied in business, a major category KILLER.I'm okay with that as long as you carry my meal stuff one day and air my cooking show!Thanks!
I'm a digital DJ looking to extend the number of buttons and knobs for my additional virtual ese are the pros:*Price. I got this for $55 including next-day shipping. If I had gotten a device that was a giant pain to use, this still probably would have been a decent price, but what I got is much more so I'd say this is a steal.*4 programmable presets. I didn't re-program them, but right off the bat you are able to switch between the 4 defaults. This basically means I have up to 32 pads and 32 knobs (that's right, the knobs can be re-used as various knobs in a various preset). I personally mapped all 4 programs to send the same knob signal, since I didn't wish them to change, but it's cool to know you could have that much control.*Backlit velocity-sensitive drumpads. When you tap the pads, they light up.*Control quality. The knobs turn nicely and the pads feel like they'll latest a long time.*Build quality. It isn't exactly created of steel but it feels beautiful rugged. Nothing wiggles at all.*Size. This thing is less wide than my laptop and only about 2 inches ns:*The "backlit" drumpads can't be backlit via MIDI signals. This may not be a large deal, but for me I was hoping to program 2 of the pads to act as "toggles". I had hoped sending the signal back would light the pad up (similar to most dj controllers and the apc40/monome/launchpad), but they only light up when you touch them. This kind of sucks*The drumpads seem to behave a small strangely sometimes. For the most part, I can roll my fingers on as quick as I wish and it'll hold up, but occasionally if I'm rolling 2 pads beautiful quick one will obtain kind of "stuck", as if I had never released it. I can't be 100% sure this isn't my software, but I've never had this behavior before and everything I'm checking seems to indicate otherwise
//UPDATE: I have reduced my rating from 5 stars to 3 stars because the VIP Software crashes very frequently. Unbelievable product, I just hope AKAI listens and fixes the crashing issues (reported by a lot of others as well). FWIW, I use the VIP Software as a plugin in Ableton Live on a Mac//start original review//Amazon reviews are really underselling this keyboard. I tried both the Akai Advance 49 and the Komplete Kontrol 49, and the Akai was *way* better IMHO. Not sure what happened with a couple of the negative reviewers here, but for me the Advance did an wonderful job recognizing all my Native Instruments Komplete 10 presets, and also presets from the included plug-in package. You do have to go into settings and create sure the VIP is scanning all the appropriate plugins -- takes 5 minutes. Google it. I'd say even (especially!) if you have Komplete, the Akai is a better purchase, because the Akai is that much better... and because you obtain fresh plugins with the Akai. Here's a fast comparison of the advantages of each, and locations where they tie.AKAI Advance advantages:+ Much smaller footprint -- with the AKAI I can leave it on my desk and it's not a huge deal. The Kontrol is too huge and I'd have to hold it somewhere else and obtain it out when I wish to use it+ Much better plugin support. Read other reviews, even though both keyboards help third parties, Akai has much better coverage right now. Partly because Akai can write all the presets in-house. NI is relying on third party developers to help the NKS standard... Notably, none of the plugins included with the Advance were supported by the Kontrol.+$100 cheaper+Big playable knobs and pads. I love these knobs. Kontrol has no pads.+Monitor browsing. This is a huge for me. I wish to use this like an instrument, not a computer input -- I place my monitor to sleep and jam away.+Fantastic GUI and browsing user experience. This is not simple to do, but Akai really nailed it. I did *not* expect it to be anywhere near as intuitive and powerful. Browsing is mark based, so I can look up, say, all my Heavy and Hybrid presets with a synth sound. I'm a stickler for design, and it's not perfect, but it far exceeded my expectations.+Pitch bend wheel. I much prefer this to the pad on the Komplete Kontrol. I also have a touchpad style control on my Ableton Push 2, so I didn't need another that style.+USB powered. Less cables for the win.Komplete Kontrol Advantages:+Slightly better help for NI presets. I did encounter a few NI Komplete presets on the Advance where the macros were not set up correctly. This was rare...+More minimalist on-screen UI+Light tutorial for scales+Screens right under knobs - easier to see what knob does immediately.AKAI + Kontrol tie:+ Both keybeds feel very related to me. The Akai is not "stiff" as some reviewers have said. Reading reviews I expected the Kontrol to be much better -- it's absolutely not+ Included plugins. For me, because I own Komplete 10, the included bundle for the Advance was a large benefit. But, if you don't own Komplete yet, the Komplete Kontrol contains a amazing starter set of plugins.AKAI with Ableton Push:I wish to add that I'm currently using the Akai Advance alongside the Ableton Push 2, and they are a amazing complement to each other. The Push is amazing when you wish to hack and play key-locked, for drumming, step sequencing, using session view. The Akai is better for browsing presets, and for playing a traditional instrument. The hardest thing for me to give up on the Komplete Kontrol was the light guide, but with the Push I can see the keys played on the Advance light up in real-time on the Push... or, I can just play melodic parts on the Push if I wish to hack and have things locked-in-key. It's a assassin combo, plus they look super sexy together (see pic).
Got this to replace a Native Instruments S49 MK2; and I feel very satisfied with e price, compared to related devices, is much lower; but that does not mean that quality or features are lesser. Akai has problems with quality; and that is known, so you may obtain the occasional lemon; but their help takes care of everything, so you will obtain your issue solved.With that out of the way; the rest of what I have to say is mostly positive. The hardware feel solid; amazing keybed with semi-weighted keys; 8 LED pads, which can be customized as you prefer, 8 infinite rotary encoders, also customizable; additional buttons also customizable, and overall a very nice coating for the top part. The LCD screen is nice and bright; and while it is not the same quality of the one on the NI S49, it does its e keyboard has most of the features already customized for various DAW, like Logic, Cubase, Ableton and such; you can write your own profile, if your DAW is not there. Basically you send CC midi commands from the keyboard to the DAW, so if you are using a DAW that is not ancient and is moderately popular, you will be able to configure all buttons and controls in very small time. Fundamentally the keyboard act as generic midi controller, so if you can assign a control on your DAW, you can assign it to the e keyboard has an integrated arpeggiator and scale utility, that you can configure as you see fit. For the scales you have multiple modes, and the only thing I want was on the keyboard is lights on the keys, to see which keys are set for each scale; but it is not essential; since I always use the keyboard in an illuminated environment e screen let you to control all the features from the keyboard; there is a knob with push button and a 4 method directional cross, that will allow you modify parameters, modes and what not. Hold in mind that these are features of the keyboard; not of the software, so these works with any you en there is the software; which is OK in my opinion. I own other VST so what I obtain is mostly an extra. The main thing is the VIP software; which is borderline atrocious, but does its job. Fundamentally it is a sort of library for your sounds and VST; the application scan those instruments and sounds; and make a database, so you can recall these instruments from the keyboard. Most of the advanced features of the keyboard require you to use VIP; so hold that in works as plugin, so if your DAW can load VST, then you can load VIP in a track and use the keyboard advanced features. To be honest there are so many, and you can watch youtube videos about those; but in short, you can make multi, which are a mix of various plugins/instruments, that play together. It is a feature that none of the other midi keyboard in the sub-500 dollars range has, so very useful. I can use VIP no issue on both Logic and also has mappings for instruments, so if you load a VST like a synth; all your controls, knobs and buttons will be pre-mapped with parameters for that instrument. You can make your own mapping of course; but it is nice to use the out of the box setup. Hold in mind that the is lacking on the profile aspect; so if Akai did not make a profile, you won't see your instrument in VIP. To work around, use the forum and obtain the user-created mapping for most of the popular VST out there; otherwise, you have to create your own mapping, which is time consuming but doable. Just a warning, in case you this keyboard and then complain that there is no help for this or that plugin. Check on the forum what is supported. Komplete 12 is partially supported, while Komplete 10 and 11 should be e rest of the is more synths; like Loom, which is great. You can check the single apps on youtube videos; although I think the base selection is quite limited to some synths, so if you don't create RB or techno stuff, you will feel like there are not that a lot of amazing sounds. I use Komplete and it works fine for in the end, the hardware is great; is so-so, but for this price, you can't search a better deal, on a keyboard with LCD screen and multi functionality to layer sounds. The UI is beautiful clean and most of the features are mappable; the buttons are nicely placed, and the onboard features are a bit clunky at times, but just a matter to obtain used to is my 5th keyboard, and second Akai product, and I could not be happier. Fits the needs of the beginner that does not wish to spend 700 for a professional keyboard, and the professional that wish to integrate a solid hardware midi controller to his existing be honest, unless you are into Native Instruments ecosystem and use only that; there is no reason to spend almost twice as much for an S49, which does mostly the same things, but it is severely limited by the fact that NI is not that friendly when using anything but their own apps and Ableton/Logic.
Nice but I didn't like how it was packaged. Not very sensitive, even with one layer mod, i used regular blue masking tape for the mod, i didn't wish to create it too sensitive, but even with the one layer mod needs some massive pressing. With the sensitive mod, also I place a lot of hot silicone over the mini sub port to create sure it won't fall off from the chip base (it was an experiment, don't know if its going to work)Using the default mapping in ableton, 8 pads are not enough to trigger the vast majority of drums, probably you will have to assign only your favorite beats to the 8 pads. The knobs feel just good, I found more pleasent these ones over the ones that comes with the novation so you can use it with Adobe Lightroom to change image parameters, it can support to improve your workflow on editing. It's a amazing bonus for an happening photographer. This is why it deserves five stars.
Very well built, solid action, the pads are a bit insensitive (you need to hit them HARD to register a full-speed hit).Buyer beware: The wireless connection with Windows will not register as a midi device (Win10 Home). So for example I couldn't use it with EZDrummer2 standalone until I actually plugged it using the USB cable. So much for wireless recording.
This is a nice, inexpensive method to do some primary controls for DAW's like Cakewalk and Reason. The pads in the box were not sensitive enough, but there are a few guides online to support with that. It is not difficult to do. Once that was done, this thing really shines. I use it only on the most primary level, but it works well.
Awesome game, you will obtain a lot of hours out of this. Each map brings a fresh challenge to the table. This easy design is simple to understand and hard to master. They wish you to learn as you go, they really allow you loose and allow you experiment. My only gripe with this android game is that sometimes it can be challenging to control, when lots of lines meet up it is difficult to choose which one you wish and detaching a line from a station can be another challenge. Other than that, it is perfect!
Really engaging. Hours will pass and you wont even know it. Theres no winning- on various maps you test to see how huge you can create your network before your stations obtain overcrowded. Every play inevitably ends when a station becomes overcrowded, so every play end in a "game over." No win in this one.
[email protected]#$%! would help my stylus, having to zoom in on the little controls create gamely more difficult than it needs to be. Otherwise, super addictive and challenging game, quite pleased. Also the android game becomes rather unplayable even on a latest high end phone once you begin to obtain heavily into it.
I wasn't too sure at first, but my daughter liked all other Toca Boca games, so I bought it. It isn't really intuitive - or maybe I'm not the target shop :D, but once we figured out how to place various brushes on the doll and that you only have one undo, we were off! My daughter kept making weird creatures, but I tried to create recognisable characters, like Harry Potter and Superman, plus everyone in our family. Also, I found it a cool challenge to test and create one of the Minis you can see when you begin the game. We still play it sometimes. :)
This is an perfect game! I have spent hours on it. I wasn't sure at first if i should obtain it but when i did i didn't regret it. It is definitely worth the money! No issue with it and it works perfectly fine on my galaxy tab 3. I just think you should be able to have ears that stick out. Everything has to be on the model but amazing work toca boca! I love it!
The only thing I don't like about this android game is that u can't save your creations to a room or put on the game, you can only save them to your gallery and you can't go back to your creations again to edit them. Overall amazing game, please add an modernize where you can save your creations somewhere then I will give you 5 stars ✴✴✴✴✴
Drone and application worked amazing until I updated the firmware latest night. Now my drone swat wont leave the ground. After sending in a ticket and waiting several days and their www service saying I will be contacted in 48 hours. I get.......nothing. so disappointed
Does not work out of the box or after instaling all the recent updates (3.0.26). Lost a day trying to create it work on LG V20, Asus smartphone and iphone 8+. Atempted multiple reinstals, money and data cleanings and drone resets with no result. Was able to obtain video on both phones only once (without a controler), but as soon as the drone took off, it lost connection to the phone and it become uncontrolable. Shame on you parrot. I have several $50 FPV drones and I could set everithing up out of the box.
Does not work on HTC One m8 Android device 6. Previous modernize worked but this recent October (5.5.3 ) fails to begin and problems an error message. Parrot help tell me it's my phone but even after factory reset the application fails and Parrot still list the m8 HTC as OK. So be careful if u have HTC. Uprated review due to perfect response from Parrot developers.
garbage. it loses connection to the drone within 5 seconds of takeoff. then to see the video camera i have to sign in with fb or youtube which i am not willing to do. i have the same issues regardless of ios or android. then to stop the drone the off button does not work i have to yank the battery.
Only got the Parrat Mambo has been a disappointment so far! I have downloaded the application to connect to the drone which worked but it then said the drone required to be updated even thought it's brand new. It gives 2 options Bluetooth modernize or by connecting to a computer. via Bluetooth it gets to a max of 40% complete when the application crashes and looses all progress(Very frustrating have tried with numerous phones still no luck!) also tried by computer with no luck what so ever! Will be getting a refund!
Very disappointed. Application picks up drone but does not connect at all! Uninstalled and re-installed again but still no luck. Going through process over and over, spending hours to obtain connected to drone without success. Using LG Stylus 3 with android device 7.0.
I have a mars Airborne cargo which was perfectly working with an Android device 4.4 and the old ver of your app. I'm now on Android device 8 and the fresh ver of the application does not detect my drone. That's a pity because the drone is as amazing as useless
Hello Parrot, it's nice to see you guys change the UI of the app, it's so modern and pretty. However, I wish to ask about the changing of troops of the app, currently it's using ft and miles, and I have no idea what they represent in metres, I would like to have a method to change the troops . Thank you